How To Prepare Air Conditioner for the Summer
Summertime in Littleton, Colorado, often brings with it ice cream and other cold desserts, loose and comfortable clothing, beach trips and family vacations abroad, and more. But it’s also that time of the year when temperatures can skyrocket, so make sure that your AC unit is in perfect condition to handle the often humid climate. Here are some easy things that you can do to be sure that your AC is ready to handle the increased workload.
Switch Off Your AC’s Power
Make sure your AC unit’s power supply is switched off before you start working on it. You’ll want to switch off the circuit breaker that the unit is connected to. You’ll also want to switch off the separate power supply for the condenser, which is found in the service panel. Depending on your AC model, you may also find a 240-volt weatherproof disconnect box near the condenser. Switch that off.
Clean Your AC’s Filters
If you just recently replaced your filters, you can simply clean off the light dust and debris accumulation. But if your furnace or air-handler filters haven’t been changed for some time now, like in the past year, you may want to replace the filter with a fresh one. This prevents unwanted clogging that restricts airflow and lowers the efficiency of your unit.
Clean the Condenser Coils
Your AC unit’s condenser coils and fan also collect dust and debris over time. The condenser unit is often located in the exterior portion of the AC. It’s a large fan encased in a metal box with grill-like siding. Debris accumulation is to be expected if the box was left uncovered. Clear the fan of any leaves, dirt, pebbles, or sticks.
Check on the Refrigerant Lines
The refrigerant lines run from your AC unit’s evaporator all the way out to the condenser. These tubes or pipes are often covered with foam-based insulation. Inspect every inch of the line for any worn-out or missing insulation. Replace it with new insulation sleeves.
Consult Our HVAC Experts
If you want a more thorough inspection of your AC unit before summertime starts, partner up with a professional from Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer a variety of HVAC-related services, including AC and furnace repair and installation, duct cleaning and indoor air quality work, and more. We are open 24/7, so give us a call any time of the day!